The barely topical story concerns a young war vet who, returning home to few prospects and family commitments he can hardly afford to keep, joins an armored car crew (featuring Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne and Jean Reno) intent on stealing a big haul ($42 million). It doesn't get too bogged down in specifics and rolls along towards its unsurprising (yet adequate) finish. Grade: C-.
If ever there was need for an example of the whole not adding up to the sum of its parts, then let 'Couples Retreat' hereby stand as Exhibit A. The movie assembles four couples in relationships in various stages of duress and quickly trots them off to an island paradise where all of their problems will be solved — not before they go out of their ways to make things much worse, of course. Grade: D.
The first reboot of 'The Pink Panther' franchise with Steve Martin felt nothing like the manic absurdity of the Peter Sellers/Blake Edwards originals, but it made enough money to get a greenlight for a second installment. This time out, Martin gets additional assistance from Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Yuki Matsuzaki and Aishwarya Rai as a dream team of bumbling international detectives stumbling around the world in pursuit of a thieving mastermind. Grade: C.